A West Valley man got a rude awakening Tuesday morning. A letter was taped to his door saying his rent is going up. But it's not the new rate that has him seeing red, it's the reason behind it. We sat down with Mat Carter as he read us the lengthy newsletter.
"We will have no choice but to increase rent to offset the changes agreed upon by the President and Congress," Carter read.
"We’ve had our rates raised in the past, and it's never been for political reasons," he told us.
But this time, it was. The letter said "we are very sorry that this has to occur. You see, we actually felt it would not become an issue because we felt the conservative challenger would be elected and reverse congressional power."
Basically the re-election of President Obama caused Carter's rent to go up.
"What’s got me upset is that he talks about the local salt lake county taxes, I mean what does that have to do with president Obama? Basically the letter is emphasizing that President Obama is making our taxes go up," Carter said.
He said he just wants and explanation, something showing him these tax increases by the president that are causing his rent to go up by $20.
So we called the man who wrote the letter, Sidney Mulcock. We left a message but never got a call back. So I did a little research. Aside from a slight increase to social security, I found no tax increases to the 2013 budget that would affect small businesses right now.
At the end of the day, carter said he’s not upset his rent is increasing; he's just bothered by how it was presented.
"State it in the letter why we have to raise rent, you know? But don't start blaming the President of the United States," he said.